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yoga for lower back pain

Yoga for Lower Back Pain: Does It Work? A Data Driven Answer

Most likely, you’ve experienced it. We all have.

Lower back pain.

It’s one of the most common form of musculoskeletal injuries across the world.

It’s also the single leading cause of disability worldwide. 80% of people experience lower back pain at some point or another in their lives.
The effect of lower back pain is not only crippling on people individually, but has a significant impact on workplace productivity and the economy.

Research shows americans spend $50,000,000,000 per year on medicines for lower back pain, in the UK lower back pain is liable for the loss of one in six working days and in Sweden the number of workdays lost due to lower back pain has increased from 7 million (in 1980) to 28 million (in 1987).

Following this, people have long saught alternative options to help alleviate their symptoms of lower back pain, often finding that conventional advice given by doctors to take painkillers and rest simply do not work.

At our clinic, we see lower back pain on a daily basis, often associated with a difficulty mobilising comfortably, difficulties bending down, sleeping, playing sports and more.

As the lower back can almost be viewed as the ‘lever’ or ‘centrepoint’ of the body, it’s used in most day to day activities, and therefore when pain in the area arises it has a subsequent global impact on function.

Similarly to this, the general interest in yoga has increased over time. This isn’t a surprise, as there has been a vivid increase in people interested in health and wellbeing as a whole, with more restaurants offering healthier options of their staple meals, more awareness of health topics due to increasing scientific research, documentaries and information as well as easier access to these via social media.

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exercise and happiness

Exercise and Happiness: An Under-Discussed Secret

The link between exercise and happiness is already well established, but the importance of this link is not.

For those interested in understanding what contributes to a joyful life, I would argue an absolute imperative is regular exercise as the scientific literature seems comprehensive in its findings.

Often, we discuss philosophical principles, habits of thinking, and daily practices that happy individuals consistently engage in to lean towards more long-term joy. Eons of religious and spiritual traditions have discussed the psychology of an awakened or ‘realised’ individual, none of which have pointed to this secret.

The secret of exercise.

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how to use ice

How to Use Ice Effectively for Muscle Injuries

We all have heard of it.

The use of ice or cold therapy for reducing symptoms of acute muscle injury has been used for generations, and there’s good evidence to suggest it works. But the question is, how to use ice effectively for maximum results.

The reason I’ve long been an advocate for using cold application to a muscle injury is partly due to the strong evidence but also due to the fact it’s a simple, easy accessible and most importantly, has no adverse side effects.

The important primary thing to know about ice therapy is that it’s not a method by which you can heal an injury but instead a very effective way to decrease inflammation for acute or new injuries.

We know scientifically it has two main ways in which is does this: by reducing swelling and by acting as a natural pain reliever.

It reduces swelling but causing blood vessels to constrict – known as vasoconstriction. This reduced the quantity of blood flow to an injured muscle, which will naturally be heightened after injury due to the natural inflammation/swelling process Also, due the ‘numbing effect’ of ice (where by the ice itself numbs the nerve ending once applied) it acts as a pain reliever.

This makes it an incredible alternative to over the counter anti-inflammatory and pain relief medications which are known to have adverse side effects.

That being said, there are effective ways to ice therapy and ineffective ways.

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And remember, to celebrate the opening of the new clinic, your first physiotherapy session (initial consultation and treatment included) is 50% off.

For a list of our services please visit: https://www.tavistockclinic.com/services/

We are based at:

9 Church Walk
Crawley
RH10 1HH

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We look forward to seeing you soon!